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Tim Riley

Tim Riley is the author of Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary (Knopf/Vintage 1988); Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary (Knopf/Vintage1992); Madonna: Illustrated (Hyperion 1992); and Elvis and Tina: Notes on Rock Gender (St. Martin's Press 2004). He's heard regularly on National Public Radio's HERE AND NOW, and has contributed to THE WASHINGTON POST, BOSTON MAGAZINE, Newsweek.com, SALON, and many other publications. In addition, he gives speeches on college campuses about censorship in the arts and the ongoing Napster controversy.

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Abbey Road Reunion

Riley Rock Index - Tim's metaportal!

List of articles in the library by artist

2 Live Crew: Nasty or Nice?

Comment by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, July 1990

2 Live Crew: Just what they wanna be ...

The Bottle Rockets: Songs Of Sahm

Review by Tim Riley, Public Arts, January 2002

YOU MAY NOT have heard of Doug Sahm, but might recognize his voice from 'She's About Mover', the oldies linchpin. Those who did know him ...

David Bowie: Sound + Vision

Review by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, October 1989

Boxing Bowie: Sound + Vision puts it together ...

Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, X: Rock Of Middle Ages

Comment by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, February 1990

The new traditionalism looks for its roots ...

The Fall: The Praxis Of Punk

Essay by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, April 1989

Why The Fall continue to rise ...

Buddy Holly, John Lennon: Learning The Game: How John Lennon Learned to Stop Worrying and Love His Inner Geek

Essay by Tim Riley, Rock's Backpages, November 2006

LONG BEFORE "POST-MODERN" became pure jargon, Buddy Holly put quotes around his "normalcy" to disarm rock machismo. ...

Jim Keltner: His Time Is Tight: Jim Keltner

Profile by Tim Riley, publicbroadcasting.net, January 2002

Jim Keltner has drummed for everybody from Bob Dylan to Steely Dan to Ry Cooder; he drives a lot of the better rock albums you ...

Led Zeppelin: Lead Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin (Atlantic box-set)

Review by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, December 1990

Dead Zeppelin: New Led box is full of hot air ...

The Lemonheads: Getting In Their Lick

Review and Interview by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, May 1989

Who needs coherence? ...

Van Morrison: Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, April 1990

Soul to burn — the spirit moves Van Morrison ...

Gram Parsons: Gram Cracker

Profile by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, May 1990

Parsons's Grievous Angel returns ...

Prince: Graffiti Bridge

Review by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, 1990

Take it to the bridge — Prince's funky graffiti ...

Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam/Columbia)

Review by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, April 1990

Their Own Worst Enemy? Fear of a Black Planet; seductive music, muddled message ...

The Replacements: All Shook Down (Sire/Warner Bros.)

Review by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, September 1990

Refining the metal – The Replacements shake it down ...

Sonic Youth: Will Sonic Youth Keep Rock Honest?

Comment by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, March 1990

EVER SINCE punk failed to explode rock's dysfunctional excess with red-faced ire, hardcore noisemakers have been wrestling with the problem of how to be outrageous. ...

Ringo Starr: Starr Dust

Comment by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, August 1989

Does Ringo have too many friends? ...

Yo La Tengo: Fakebook (Bar None)

Review by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, September 1990

Yo La Tengo's pop mother lode ...

List of genre pieces

Get Ready... Get Set... Dance

Guide by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, December 1990

The perfect party tape ...

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